Electrolux’s Laser Oven concept cooks food fast

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2009

Electrolux’s Laser Oven concept cooks food fastThe Laser Oven concept by Electrolux may be the future of cooking. It will cook your food in no time at all by using three laser beams that pew pew pew your dinner. The Electrolux Laser Oven has a sleek, compact design that makes it look futuristic too.

A single laser can’t cook anything, but crossing the lasers can cook the food easily. In Ghostbusters crossing the streams are bad, here it’s a good thing. It will allow you to choose the desired texture of your food, and even scans it before cooking. Forget timers and thermometers, the Laser Oven stops cooking when the food has reached the texture that you want.

Nerf dart gun modded into an awesome chaingun

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on December 22nd, 2008

Nerf dart gun modded into an awesome chaingunSome crazy modders at ManaPotions have taken the relatively tame Vulcan EBF-25 and given it some backbone that is sure to make the nerds at Nerf nervous, transforming the relatively harmless foam dart gun into an honest to god chaingun.

After the hack, the weapon can fire about 500 rounds-per-minute. If you want one, the entire hack can be had in detail by clicking through. Be warned, the creators say that you’ll most likely fry the motor and melt a few components after you use it for a while. Awesome video below.

Dyson Airblade drys your hands in 10 seconds

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2008

Dyson Airblade drys your hands in 10 secondsThis hand-drying device is a turbo-charged hand dryer that supposedly has a “windscreen wiper” effect and it will dry both hands in just 10 seconds. Not only that, but the system runs four times faster than typical units, blasting air at around 400mpb on your hands.

That force will make the skin on your hands ripple, not burn as if you just touched the ark of the covenant. It’s also 80% more efficient than conventional dryers found in public restrooms. The device removes bacteria and mold from the air using HEPA filtration. Wastewater gets passed through an iodine resin filter to disinfect it, and then piezo crystal technology releases the sterilized water as harmless mist.

Beer dispenser fills from the bottom up

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2008

Beer dispenser fills from the bottom upScotsman Beverage Systems recently showed off “Trufill” at the Brau Beviale exhibition in Nuremberg. The Trufill concept is fairly unique and able to serve 10 pints of beer in just 10 seconds. That’s without spilling a single drop. The coolest part is that the dispenser fills the cups from the bottom. It adds ice from the top, but fills the cups from the bottom.

It’s a great concept that would surely make the owner more money at say, stadiums for instance. Think about it, a beer per second, no spillage. That equals less waste and more beers sold in a shorter time. There aren’t many details, but it’s quite an innovation in the beverage world.

USB 3.0 Specs Finalized

Posted in USB 3.0 by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2008

USB 3.0 Specs FinalizedUSB 3.0 has been officially dubbed SuperSpeed USB. It boasts transfer speeds of 4.8Gbps and it will move a 25GB HD file in about 70 seconds. Interestingly the architecture was given extra data lanes for more streamlined transfer speeds, instead of bursts, which makes it play better with camcorders etc. It will charge your gadgets faster too, by delivering more power than USB 2.0 and its new polling architecture also makes it more efficient.

Unfortunately, your old USB cables won’t deliver SuperSpeeds. You’ll have to have USB 3.0 gear from end-to-end to get the speeds, because the cables have extra pins. It is all backward compatible. The cables have three plugs: The standard one you all know, standard B which is the square one and mini B which is a weird two headed thing and micro. The first USB 3.0-equipped gadgets should arrive sometime in 2010.

New Fujitsu HDD can erase itself in under 1 Second

Posted in Fujitsu by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2008

New Fujitsu HDD can erase itself in under 1 SecondNow here’s a claim that you don’t hear everyday. Fujitsu’s new 500 GB, 5400 RPM Hard Drive has a 2.5-inch spinner that can erase the whole of its bad self in under 1 second. It took you longer then that just to read this.

The MJA2 CH uses 256-bit advanced encryption that encodes data on the fly and it’s the first 500 GB HDD with the technology. It also gets points for being a bit more eco-friendly as the MJA2 CH drive only uses 1.4 watts of power while writing data and is considered to have eco-friendly components. The MJA2 CH HDD will surface early next year, at which point it will have permanent amnesia as it gathers data and erases itself to your heart’s content.

Flashlight uses no batteries, recharges in 90 seconds

Posted in Flashlights by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2008

Flashlight uses no batteries, recharges in 90 secondsChances are you’ve reached for your flashlight in an emergency, only to find that the batteries have died. LED flashlights aren’t much better, as they take hours to get a full charge. The Light For Life UC3.400 flashlight from 5.11 Tactical could end all of your flashlight woes for good. It doesn’t use batteries, instead it uses an ultracapacitor to hold it’s charge, which gives you about 90 minutes of light per charge. It produces 270 peak lumens in bright mode, 90 lumens in standard mode, and has a 270-lumen tactical strobe.

That’s pretty impressive, but it gets better. The ultracapacitor will go from dead to fully charged in just 90 seconds. Yes 90 seconds. For at least 50,000 times. Assuming you used a full charge every day, it’s good for 135 years. You’ll never need another flashlight. Ever.

SeaPhantom high speed sea craft

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on November 3rd, 2008

SeaPhantom high speed sea craftMaritime Flight Dynamics wants to make high speed travel on the seas practical, safe, fuel-efficient and hell, while they’re at it, comfortable too. Their vehicle of choice? The SeaPhantom. It’s fast enough to get you from Key West to Cuba in 45 minutes! It uses an airfoil to fly above the crests of the waves, thus reducing drag.

The propeller remains in the water, while the body of the SeaPhantom is above the sea’s surface. Apparently this reduces hydrodynamic drag and in doing so, requires less power and uses only a fraction of the fuel compared to conventional fast boats. And we may have a chance to ride in one ourselves very soon since the Sea Phantom has moved from prototype to the actual ocean. It looks like a robot killer whale.

Hands on: Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

Hands on: Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One PrinterPrinters can go either way. I’ve found that they are generally terrible due to high expectations, or in some cases they actually live up to the hype. I can tell you straight away, the Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer lives up to and even exceeds the hype. First, it looks great and it’s not much bigger then your standard printer, so you don’t need a lot of extra desk real estate. That’s a good thing for anybody, but being designed for small and home businesses, it’s a huge plus to have a work horse that looks good and goes just about anywhere. Some of the features on the 600 include WiFi capabilities, laser quality printing, fast printing speeds, built-in memory card reader, and a super handy LCD to preview your pictures and operate the whole thing effortlessly.

Right out of the box you get an ethernet cable, power cable, driver/software disc, user manuals, even sample paper, a small bit of phone cable and the necessary printer cartridges. No USB cable, which is common and with the Wi-Fi capabilities you really don’t need one.

Das Ultimate Keyboard has no letters

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2008

Das Ultimate Keyboard has no letters
Think you know your way around the keyboard keys blindfolded? Want to look cool to those around you? Why not type away on a keyboard that’s completely blank, with no numbers or letters. Your co-workers will marvel at your skills.

The Das Ultimate Keyboard is designed to be one of the fastest keyboards available with honest to god German-engineered gold-plated mechanical switches, but if you need to look while typing, you won’t be breaking any speed records. The Das Ultimate keyboard normally retails for $129, but if you pre-order now you can grab one for just $99.

Bierstick: Chug one can per second

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2008

Bierstick: Chug 1 can per second
The Bierstick is the way to go if you want to out-chug all of your friends. That, or baste a large turkey. It’s pretty simple to operate. Just fill it with 2 cans of your favorite brew, insert in mouth, and ram the other end against a wall. Now that’s $20 well spent.

They say that if you do it right, you’ll have chugged both beers in 2 seconds. Sounds kinda dangerous to me. Oh well, it will all come back up again in no time. I wonder which is faster, chugging with the Bierstick or puking it back up?

The Tech Shuffler card shuffler

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2008

The Tech Shuffler card shuffler
Card shufflers have been around for awhile, but they haven’t really gone high tech until now. Which is good news, because if your buddies have had a few too many drinks, you are bound to get a crap hand. And that just won’t do when you are down to your last chip and have bet your wedding ring on the outcome of this hand.

Shuffle Tech says that this state-of-the-art version will speed up the whole card shuffling process. It has two options, one with three riffles that takes 45 seconds and the other with seven that takes 90 seconds. I’m not sure that’s a whole faster, but again, if your buddies are half drunk, it may be. It also has a translucent lid in case you are fascinated by the goings on inside.

Dual Pizza oven: pizza in 90 seconds or less

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2008

Dual Pizza oven
As if by magic, this Dual Pizza Oven can take your dinner from a pile of dough with cheese and toppings to a steaming pizza in 90 seconds. That’s cooking two 12-inch pizzas simultaneously, not just one. Obviously frozen pizzas would take a bit longer, but still this is awesome news. The microwave is fast, but microwave pizza is terrible.

This oven combines 1440-watt coil heating elements with ceramic pizza stones. This distributes the heat evenly. The only thing we are unsure of is how it would fare with frozen pizza. That’s the only way this is a time saver, because if you’re making your own fresh pizza from scratch, you are investing way too much in the process and might as well open a Pizza shop. If you are the kind to pay $249.95 for a dual pizza oven, that may not be a bad idea.